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WPL Auction: Kashvee Gautam and Vrinda Dinesh, two uncapped Indian cricketers who have become millionaires | Cricket News

Vrinda Dinesh is from the bustling city of Bengaluru, Kashvee Gautam is from a calm Chandigarh. Both have seen setbacks early in their career, have seen their best friends — Amanjot Kaur and Shreyanka Patil — playing for the national team. On Saturday, the duo came a step closer to their dreams.

Chandigarh all-rounder Kashvee Gautam was picked by Gujarat Giants for Rs 2 crores, the most by an Indian uncapped player. Not to forget, the 20-year-old’s price is even higher than Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who was roped in by the Mumbai Indians for 1.80 crore. On the other hand, Karnataka opener Vrinda has been signed by the UP Warriorz.

Kashvee rose to fame after taking a “perfect 10” in the Women’s Under-19 One-Day Trophy against Arunachal Pradesh in 2020. She could have bagged another ten wickets but had settled for nine in the next match against Sikkim.

Nagesh Gupta, under whom Kashvee has been training for the eight years, recollects a little setback the all-rounder had after bursting into the scene.

“She got fascinated by the speed. You know kids these days. She saw a video of a young pacer bowling with a speed machine and suddenly tweaked her bowling biomechanics in search of more pace. What happened was she lost her strength, which was moving the ball both ways,” Nagesh Gupta told The Indian Express.

“The good thing was she realised it after one season and returned to her basics. She got her swing back with the ball and started working on her swing with the bat. She bats at No 5 and 6 for Chandigarh, and in the past year she has evolved more into a good all-rounder. She is still not a finished product, but she will reach there in a couple of years,” he adds.

‘Natural talent’

Festive offer

The coach finds her “a natural talent”. “She was picked for Punjab when she was just 13. She has a big in-swinger, which is why most of her wickets are either leg before or clean bowled,” said Nagesh.

Meanwhile, in Bengaluru, Kiran Uppor calls Vrinda the most sincere cricketer he has trained with and also reveals what was the turning point in her career.

“A good student of the game. It has not been easy for her. She lives 20 km away from the academy and I have never seen her missing one gym session or a net session. The turning point was when she was not picked for the U-19 state team. But one thing that I have seen in that girl is the ability to bounce back after every setback,” says Kiran.

“Earlier this year again she was not picked for the Emerging Team Cup held in Hong Kong. Then Hyderabad seamer S Yashasri got injured and she went there as a replacement. In the final she scored 36, and India A won the match against Bangladesh. She was picked for the A series against England and now the WPL contract and the funny thing is she was in the nets and didn’t even know about it for a good hour,” laughs Kiran.

Kiran says the aggression in her batting was always there but it was her inability to execute it. He recalls. “She always has this belief in her. Always loved to take on the bowlers. When she came to me, she was 17. She was a complete cricketer when it came to technique, but that confidence was lacking. I just work on the mental side of her game.”

Both Vrinda and Kashvee are presently with their respective teams for the Women’s Under-23 T20 Trophy. Vrinda is in Raipur, while Kashvee is in Chandigarh.

“I was training. I came back and there were at least 100 missed calls and don’t know how many messages. I got the feeling that yes, I am picked but didn’t know until I called my father (Sudesh Sharma). He told me about the money,” says Kashvee, who is the captain of the Chandigarh team.

The youngster is unfazed by the price tag and is excited to share the dressing room with Tahlia McGrath. “Playing with Tahila McGrath is something I am looking forward to. She is the best all-rounder in the present time and I just want to pick her brains.”

Vrinda’s father, Dinesh Subbappa, who has played league cricket with the current BCCI president, Roger Binny lauds her daughter’s discipline.

“We meet only in the evening since she leaves home at 4:45 in the morning every day. We come from a sporting family. My father played hockey and my elder brother played cricket. We are a cricket tragic. She was a natural. I am yet to have a proper conversation with her but she sounded a bit overwhelmed. This girl has earned it and credit must go to Kiran also,” says Dinesh.

Back in Chandigarh, Sudesh credits Nagesh for Kashvee’s rise.

“We got lucky that I met Nagesh sir. We thought she was a bowler. But Nagesh was not satisfied. He wanted her to become an all-rounder. He pushed her, and now she is reaping the rewards,” says Sudesh.

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